When Manchester City announced the appointment of Pep Guardiola in February, it sent shockwaves throughout the team. Probably the only side in the league which felt settled and untouchable now had to take part in the football version of the Hunger Games and prove their worth.
Players like Pablo Zabaleta, David Silva, Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany are all names that have been integral to City in their years of success, yet now all are worrying about their first-team futures. With Guardiola looking to freshen up the team, these top players must now be looking in the mirror and wondering ‘what will happen to me?’
One of the players sweating on his future is Yaya Toure, who has scored so many important goals for the club.
It was Toure who scored the winner against Manchester United in the FA Cup semi final at Wembley, and then the final against Stoke against 2011. It was also the Ivorian in 2012 who started City on the path to title glory, setting up Zabaleta on that final day against QPR.
He has been an integral player to the club’s success, and though he acted like a spoilt child at not getting a birthday cake a few years back, he is still a club legend who should be respected.
The ex-Barcelona player has had a run in with Guardiola before, who famously preferred Sergio Busquets to him in the holding midfield role at the Nou Camp. This ended in Toure moving to City, and the rest is of course history.
With six goals and five assists 26 games this season, he is far from done, and considering his agent has said he doesn’t want to leave the Premier League, where should the Ivorian go?
Well one team that haven’t been linked, but would strongly benefit from the signing, is city rivals Manchester United. United are lacking leaders and surely looking to sell Marouane Fellaini. Although Toure would only be able to provide a couple of years of service, he would be able to shape future players and provide experience.
Another team that would benefit is United’s rivals Liverpool. Liverpool again are lacking leaders and are in desperate need of a good holding midfielder. Current enforcer Lucas Leiva is hardly a worthy player, and the ‘Welsh Pirlo’, or Joe Allen as he is also known, is not quite good enough. Toure would be a great signing to help bring some solidity to that midfield area.
Considering the success of his brother at this club, one club Yaya could move to is Arsenal. Again like Liverpool and Manchester United, they are in desperate need of a consistent holding midfielder and a leader. Given the lack of success of Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, the Gunners could benefit from having the experienced head of Toure alongside the inexperienced Francis Coquelin. They have already shown that it pays off to have experienced players in the team, with Petr Cech proving a great buy. With Toure, the Emirates fans could finally be treated to a title.